Nuggets food briefs: Drink up, the Farmers Market is thirsty work 

click to enlarge Clay Berkes looks out the front door of The Powerhouse in the Farmers Market District (Shannon Cornman)
  • Clay Berkes in the front entrance to his bar under construction, The Power House. mh

You know what this place needs?

If you were going to say, “A bar,” you’re in luck.

Clay Berkes thought the same thing about the area near OKC Farmers Public Market at Second Street and Klein Avenue (informally called the Farmers Market District), and he’s going to fix that. Power House, a former power station at 1228 SW Second St., will soon be the new neighborhood watering hole. While it will have all the necessities of a great bar, Berkes said that it also was important to maintain the integrity of the interesting old building.

Berkes said he plans to have Power House open this fall, though no formal opening date has been set.

Construction is coming along, and you can get a peek at the progress and a historical photo tour of the district and the surrounding area at powerhouseokc .com and follow its progress on Twitter at @powerhousebar.

click to enlarge Guests enjoy a beautiful view and meal on the Myriad Botanical Gardens lawn
  • Carl Shortt Photography
  • Guests enjoy a beautiful view and meal on the Myriad Botanical Gardens lawn

Fall flavor

Myriad Botanical Gardens is celebrating the change of seasons. With that in mind, it’s hosting two events centered on fall’s bounty. Register in advance by visiting myriadbotanicalgardens.org or calling 445-7080.

6-8 p.m. Friday: The Summer’s End Dinner on the Terrace is a sumptuous dinner that highlights the season. A four-course meal cooked by Chef Jeffrey Holloway is paired with wine or seasonal beer, and the setting is Meinders Garden and Terrace, 301 W. Sheridan Ave.

2-2:30 p.m. Saturday: Apples are inseparable from autumn, and the It’s Cider Time! All About Apples class offers everyone age 5 and older a chance to learn about the fruit. You can also learn a craft project and make your own cider. The class is in the Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno Ave.

Nani (Shannon Cornman)

Nani (Shannon Cornman)

Short secret

Since Nani creator Andon Whitehorn doesn’t have a title that adequately describes him, we’re making one up. Foodanista has a nice ring — think fashionista and apply it to food, but also think of Sandinista as it applies to revolution and bucking the status quo.

Oklahoma Gazette has covered Whitehorn and his restaurant concept, Nani, as it progressed from an idea and fundraising dinners to a full-blown dinner club.

There’s now a brick-and-mortar location, but it operates like a speakeasy — you must make reservations before you get an address (psst ... it’s near NW 15th Street and Classen Boulevard).

Nani’s cuisine blends comfort food from Native American and Japanese traditions into some of the most wholesome, inspired food in Oklahoma City. The word nani means both “what” in Japanese and “fish” in Choctaw and Chickasaw.

Whitehorn is a master at cleverly presenting things that might otherwise be outside of your comfort zone.

Nani is now open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. All dinners start at 7 p.m. and are $45 per seat.

The meal is eight to 10 courses and begins with complimentary amuse- bouche. A coffee program also is included at either the beginning or the end of dinner. Nani donates 5 percent of its proceeds to charities that focus on social outreach programs in the local community.

For reservations, visit naniokc.com.

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